Don Bluth

(Donald Virgil Bluth)

Don Bluth
Don Bluth
  • Born: September 13, 1937
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Animator, Film Director, Producer, Writer, Production Designer, Video Game Designer, Animation Instructor

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Donald Virgil Bluth is an American animator, film director, producer, writer, production designer, video game designer, and animation instructor. He is known for directing animated films, including The Secret of NIMH (1982), An American Tail (1986), The Land Before Time (1988), All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989), and Anastasia (1997), and for his involvement in the LaserDisc game Dragon's Lair (1983). He is also known for competing with former employer Walt Disney Productions during the years leading up to the films that would make up the Disney Renaissance. He is the older brother of illustrator Toby Bluth.

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As you follow the escapades or the journey of the hero through a story, it evokes some kind of emotion in the viewers. The director's job is to make sure that the audience goes through the journey and has an emotional reaction.
Basically the children who watch it just see the little characters they love, and so they're not discerning about whether it looks great or it's a great story or anything. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
But I've been surprised over the years. I mean, someone told me the other day that maybe 360 million people have played this game in the world. That's a lot of people.
Dragon's Lair 3D is about as close as you can come to controlling an animated feature film.
How can you have a director that doesn't go to work with the crew every day and talk to them? Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I cannot explain why they made that sequel to Secret of NIMH. Because they claim that it the original didn't make money, so what was the enthusiasm to make a sequel? Money, Coins & Minting
I have never seen a game's graphics look so sharp and clean. The sound design for the game is also unique on the Xbox. The memory on this system allowed us to provide the user with 5.1 Dolby surround sound for home theatre owners.
I prefer that animation reach into places where live action doesn't go, and it seems like all of animation nowadays is trying to go where live action is.
I remember when we were doing the first Dragon's Lair, I got really involved with coming up with all the little rooms and what was the danger in the room and going into it with bats and spiders and snakes.
I think the work that they do and the style of 3D graphics is absolutely fabulous and I think it's a great brush to use for some stories. And there are other brushes that I think are exclusive to a different kind of story. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think we have to bottom out. When the studios jump out of the ring, perhaps the artist can get back in.
If the machines can take the drudgery out of it and just leave us with the joy of drawing, then that's the best of both worlds - and I'll use those computers! Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
If you look at the game and everything, it's not quite like looking at an animated film, because that's total character. This, this is really movement, but it's got funny little things if you look for the humor. They're actually getting to the character. Humor
I'm also very pleased that we were able to include a full orchestrated score for Dragon's Lair 3D. The 40 different music pieces blend with the action to make you feel more a part of the whole adventure. Music, Chants & Rapps
I'm saddened to see that everyone's pitched out the baby with the bath, in that we say that it can't be one or the other, it could be both. I mean, just because we listen to classical music doesn't mean that we can't listen to jazz. Music, Chants & Rapps
In the animation world, people who understand pencils and paper usually aren't computer people, and the computer people usually aren't the artistic people, so they always stand on opposite sides of the line.
It just seems like the whole, overall animation world is trying to go where maybe animation doesn't belong.
It's whatever sells; it's the business of it. Business, Commerce & Finance
Now they call in all of the authority figures they can find and hire them - the cost has gone up. The picture may or may not get better, but definitely, it gets more cumbersome.
Once you work with a studio on a film, the studio is sort of like this enormous clam that just opens, takes everything and then closes, and no one enters again. They own it all. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Reese Witherspoon. She's sophisticated enough that you just like her. You like her and she's smart.
Shelf-life for a regular video game usually is about three to five years, and that's it.
The heart of Dragon's Lair has always been its compelling story. With Dragon's Lair 3D, we think the team has really created an interactive animated movie.
The marketing department is really an important part of getting an animated film to work. If the people running it are used to selling live action films and the hard rock music and the sex and all those things... Anything outside that, they just don't know what to do with it. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The only one that seems to be able to hold the business is Disney. They do it is because they have a fabulous philosophy about marketing- but even they wavered. Business, Commerce & Finance
The studios will go wherever they smell money. It's like sharks to the blood. Money, Coins & Minting
There's about 260 rooms in the new castle which you go through, but it's all about the game play.
Usually with things, you go where you can find the financing to do it.
We started getting the script to different people and we were in the business of trying to fund it so we could get it off and running, and all the characters and sets designed and everything. Business, Commerce & Finance
We'd love to do Space Ace 3D. It has a lot of potential. But, it is really up to the publishers. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We're waiting for the pendulum to swing back again, which I am absolutely confident it will.
When business executives are making the artistic decisions and don't understand animation, things can go awry. Business, Commerce & Finance
With movies, you are always in search is a good story, one that everyone will relate to and love. I love finding those stories and creating a visual world to tell the story. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
You just can't keep pouring money down an endless hole and never recoup any of it. It's got to be a business. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Money, Coins & Minting
You've got to be able to make animation for much less... Less is not the studio's way.